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Honda, Ford lead list of 10 most affordable vehicles to insure

2018 Honda Fit (Image courtesy of American Honda Motor Co.)

Before you think about buying a new car, it’s important to consider all of the related costs: how much you’ll be paying for fuel every year, what your insurance rates will be, and more. To help take some of the guesswork out of choosing a new vehicle, Mercury Insurance on Monday named their top 10 most affordable vehicles to insure for 2018 , with Honda and Ford each claiming multiple spots.

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Despite the recent rise in crossover and SUV popularity, high-riding family vehicles only claimed four of the top 10 spots. Here’s the list, from least to most expensive to insure:

  1. Honda Fit
  2. Ford Fiesta
  3. Honda CR-V
  4. Honda Pilot
  5. Mini Countryman
  6. Ford Edge
  7. Mazda 3
  8. Hyundai Elantra
  9. Toyota Sienna
  10. Nissan Versa

“There are a number of reasons why these vehicles cost less to insure: they are typically involved in fewer car collisions; and if they are in a car collision, the cost to repair them is lower than other vehicles,” said Chong Gao, a spokesperson for Mercury Insurance, in a statement. On average, the cost to insure any of these vehicles is 10 percent cheaper than all other vehicles, according to Mercury’s data.

Interestingly, only the Honda CR-V and Pilot along with the Mazda 3 hatchback and sedan earn IIHS Top Safety Pick awards, while the Hyundai Elantra is the lone car on the list to receive a Top Safety Pick+ designation for 2018. The Mini Countryman received the award in 2017, but missed out this year for “Marginal” halogen headlight performance.

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